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Decision details

Library Theatre Fees

Decision status: Recommendations Approved



The Service Manager introduced the report which sought approval for the proposed increase in hire fees for the use of the Library Theatre, to reflect increasing cost pressures and the need to ensure financial sustainability for the future.


RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY: That the Communities, Parks and Leisure Policy Committee:-

1.     Approve the proposed Scale of Charges for the Library Theatre to take effect from June 2023 set out at paragraph 1.6 of the Report.


Reasons for Decision


It is recommended that Committee approve proposed increase to Library Theatre Hire Fees.


It is recommended that this increase comes into effect 3 months after Committee make their decision.


Alternatives Considered and Rejected


The option of keeping fees at their current level was considered. However, this would put the Library Theatre in a situation where it will cease to cover its running costs and will no longer be financially viable. Removing the Library Theatre as a venue would reduce the options for lower priced venues and have a particular impact on amateur dramatic and community group performances.


The Library Theatre’s bar prices have been increased to raise revenue and reflect increasing costs of stocking the bar. However, this is not a viable alternative option for the longer term, as the bar cannot generate sufficient revenue on its own to cover the wider increased running costs.


Report author: Hilary Coulson

Publication date: 15/03/2023

Date of decision: 13/03/2023

Decided at meeting: 13/03/2023 - Communities, Parks and Leisure Policy Committee

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